January 2019 Women's March

Women in Canada and the U.S. Speak Out in Their Own Name in Defence of the Rights of All

Toronto, January 19, 2019.

International Women's Day is being celebrated in North America with the issue of women's rights having been put front and centre of the agenda since the beginning of the year when thousands of women in Canada and the U.S. took to the streets on January 19 to reject the broad anti-social offensive against their rights and the rights of all.

The marches, marking the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington held in 2017 on the occasion of President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day, affirmed the front-rank position of women against the escalation of the retrogressive anti-social offensive which Trump's presidency represents.

In Canada, an end to the violence against Indigenous women and girls and justice for those who have been murdered or gone missing emerged as a predominant demand. A number of the marches took up the call "We Will Not Go Back!" expressing women's determination that those rights which they have won through their century and more of struggle will not be taken away. A joint Windsor-Detroit action honoured all missing and murdered women, demanding an end to gender-based violence.

The U.S. marches expressed the determination of women to have a say and control over their human persons and their refusal to have what they can do or say dictated by the state. The 2019 march was especially vigorous as it came on the heels of the 2018 mid-term elections, where a record number of women, including young women and women from various walks of life, were elected in the 116th Congress -- 127, up from 110 in the previous Congress. This is a positive development.

A key demand this year was for an end to the imprisonment of migrant children and their separation from their parents and to stop the construction of the border wall. Expressions of solidarity with the public sector workers affected by the U.S. government shutdown were features of marches in different local areas. A number of the U.S. marches also put forward the demand for an end to the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women. Other local questions, such as the teachers' strike in Los Angeles, found expression through the speakers at various events. The marches are a vigorous expression of the demands of the movement for rights in the U.S. in which women stand in the front ranks.


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(Photos: TML, Women's March Canada, Edmonton March on Canada, K. Tam-Wong, R. Galbraith, A. Collicott, J. Portilla, D. Parent, T. Sweet, T. Tiziana, Regina YWCA, Y. Cole, M. Qazi, S. Hughes, G. Shilling, K. Coles, Mobilis Mobili, K. Bari, Xinhua, Women's March Maine, kamcc71, T.R. Travis, Shawn, S. Gaughen, R. Vasquez, S. Nair, J.S. Newsom, M. Fleury, E. Stoller, A. Christieansen.)

This article was published in

Volume 49 Number 8 - March 9, 2019

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January 2019 Women's March: Women in Canada and the U.S. Speak Out in Their Own Name in Defence of the Rights of All


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